September 13, 2003

Does this outfit go with my crucifix?

Via Amy Welborn comes this news of a new edition of the Bible -- one "designed to resemble a fashion magazine," called Revolve (yes, they even renamed it). It's supposedly aimed at teenage girls, because as we all know, teenage girls are stupid:

We at Thomas Nelson Publishers in Nashville did some research and found that teens don't read the Bible. They say it is too freaky and too big and it doesn't make sense. The only thing they read is fashion magazines, so we thought, What if we made the Bible look like a magazine?

What if you left them the frack alone? Oh well, all babies have to eat...

Posted by Andrea Harris at September 13, 2003 10:37 PM

Hm. My interest in the Bible was sparked by the fact that it doesn't look like a fashion magazine -- that it's superb, compelling literature about the greatest figures in human history, rather than idle, frivolous gossip about who's been seen with whom and wearing what. But then, I'm a 51 year old male Curmudgeon, rather than a teenaged girl. We shall see.

Posted by: Francis W. Porretto at September 14, 2003 at 07:02 AM

For teenage boys, then, they'd have to package it as a video game?

Posted by: CGHill at September 14, 2003 at 09:49 AM

Well, Charles, they might try packaging it as a teenaged girl...

Posted by: Francis W. Porretto at September 14, 2003 at 10:39 AM

If you want young blokes to read it stress the sex and violence in it. Its got more than the average r-rated film, and includes incest, patricide, human sacrifice, beastility and off course loads good ole' fashion pillaging & smiting. I don't know I first read the Bible after heading 'Number of the Beast' by Iron Maiden and its intro. That was not the only Maiden album to include a biblical quote either.

The Bible makes the nastiest anime seem tame.

That is how you get young adults to read it.

Posted by: Andrew Ian Dodge at September 14, 2003 at 10:58 AM

I can just see one of the passages in Revolve
HOT-Resurrection NOT-Crucifixion
HOT-Forgiveness NOT-Sin

Saw a W.C. Fields quote yesterday where he was caught reading a Bible and said "Just checking it for loopholes."

Posted by: JohnO at September 14, 2003 at 11:23 AM